DIBRUGARH, June 17 - After detection of one corona positive case sans travel history at HS Road, a non-containment zone here and detection of another six corona positive cases in the locality, a commercial hub here has created a panic situation in the city.
Ramesh Kumar Kedia from HS Road, who recently came from Guwahati, was first detected with Covid-19. He, however, has no other travel history. Following his detection, an immediate sample test of his family members and close contacts resulted in six corona positive cases. It needs to be mentioned here that this is the first major incidence of positive cases from a non-containment zone in the district.
While the administration is engaged in carrying out further sample testing through contact tracing, people having contact history with the positive cases of HS Road (Ramesh Kumar Kedia, Satish Kedia, Bhagowati Devi Kedia, Radhika Kedia, Jagish Kedia, Sunita Kedia and Yugraj Kedia) have been asked to directly contact at phone number 9435358371 for immediate test.
As of 4 pm today, the total number of Covid-19 cases in the district stands at 117 till 4 pm, of which 44 have been discharged. Out of nearly 6000 samples tested so far, 4354 tested negative for Covid-19. Results of about 1436 samples are pending. The district has altogether 42 quarantine centres, including hotels and 14 active containment zones.
In order to ensure that frontline workers do not become carriers of the virus due to their vulnerability, the administration has started the Assam targeted surveillance programme since yesterday. Through this programme, the administration along with the Health department seeks to cover all frontline officials, including staff of hotels used as quarantine centres, medical staff engaged in the fight against Covid-19, family members of those released from institutional quarantine, persons at petrol pumps and truck bays, mediapersons, Deputy Commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha told newsmen today.
DC Jha further stressed on compulsory use of masks to contain Covid-19. �We are going to enforce the use of masks strictly as people in the town are taking it casually. Despite positive cases emerging from non-quarantine locations, people are seen using the mask to cover their chins,� he said.